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Experts fear Hawaii’s new voter registration law heightens fraud risk

Hawaii has the lowest voter turnout in the nation, with just 44 percent of eligible Hawaii voters taking part in the 2012 election.

Lawmakers hope a new law signed by Democrat Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday changes that.

Experts, however, fear the voter registration law heightens the risk for voter fraud.

The law makes it legal for voters to register to vote – and to vote – on Election Day beginning in 2018 and appropriates $100,000 to the Office of Elections for county implementation.

Abercrombie said he supports the bill because it removes barriers to voting.

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